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Have your say in Local Democracy!

Local Democracy Week 2014  

The EU and nationwide event runs from 13-19 October and a series of events will take place during the week to encourage people to get involved in local government. Events the county council is organising for the occasion include the following:

  • visits by many councillors to schools in their division;
  • a councillors' `Tweet Week?. Please feel free to ask questions to local councillors using the hashtag #localdemocracyweek and follow us on @hertscc;
  • the launch of the Hertfordshire Young People?s Manifesto;
  • ideas for citizenship lessons and activities for secondary schools.

Don?t forget to keep an eye out for local initiatives in your district, borough or parish!

For instance, on the 16th October, St Albans District Council is hosting a `council invasion?. Young people from several schools are going to debate a number of hot topics as if they were councillors. The event will take place in the Council Chamber with the Mayor chairing. Councillors will mentor young people to prepare them for the event.

What can we do for you?

Below you can find links to more information about what Hertfordshire County Council and county councillors can do for you, and how you can have your say in local decision making.

HCC has 77 county councillors  - do you know who your councillor is?

All our council meetings are open to the public. Meeting dates and papers can be found on Hertfordshire.

The Members' Locality Budget Scheme was launched in 2009. Since then, around four million pounds have been spent on over 6,000 projects in the community! Each elected member of the County Council has #10,000 per year to spend on worthwhile projects in their community that promote social, economic or environmental wellbeing. Applications for funding can be submitted by community groups and organisations.

County Councillors are responsible for deciding how some highways funding is spent through the Highways Locality Budget. Learn how you can get involved.

Find out how you can have your say through consultations and petitions and discover out which ones you would be interested in. The e-petition system allows you to collect signatures for your petition on the internet, rather than just on paper.

Did you know that the way to register to vote has changed?